LONDON -- Aston Martin has given its DB11 sports car an extreme high-performance makeover to create a flagship series production car -- the DBS Superleggera.
The V-12-powered coupe will compete against the Ferrari 812 Superfast and future high-performance versions of the Bentley Continental GT. It replaces the Vanquish S. Superleggera is a reference to the lightweight building techniques of Italian coachbuilder Touring.
"The DBS Superleggera signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector," Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said in a statement on Tuesday.
To create the DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin took the DB11 as its starting point and modified it to increase performance and reduce weight. The coupe is built using carbon fiber body panels and a carbon fiber prop shaft to reduce its weight to 1,693 kg (3,732 pounds), which is 72 kg lighter than the DB11.
Aston Martin has increased the power of the Ford-sourced V-12 engine to 715 hp (725 PS) from 600 hp in the standard DB11. Top speed is 340 kph (211 mph). The car has 900 newton meters (664 pound-feet) of torque and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds.
The DB11’s front end has been replaced with a wider, deeper grille that follows the design of that on the face-lifted Rapide sedan.